Despite how it may appear, other things have been happening recently in addition to Jodie Foster coming out. Here are a few:

  • Rosie O’Donnell and her spouse Michelle Rounds welcomed their first child as a couple. O’Donnell has four children with her former spouse, Kelli Carpenter.
  • Melissa Hart, author of Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood, about growing up with a lesbian mom, writes in the LA Times of her family’s holiday traditions. She begins, “Two lesbians, a man with Down’s syndrome and a Jewish couple walk into a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve”—and if that doesn’t make you want to read the rest, I don’t know what will.
  • The Advocate reports on something I couldn’t have imagined a few years ago: “The LGBT Parents of Prime Time.” (There is still little racial variety among them, and few bisexual or transgender parents, but it’s a start.)
  • A school district in Utah has put a book about a family with lesbian moms back on its shelves after some parents had asked for its removal. A lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah forced the district to replace In Our Mothers’ House, by Patricia Polacco—although parents will be able to request that their children specifically not be allowed to check it out.

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